MOH issued compounds to 516 people who smoked in public vehicles


KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health (MOH) issued compounds to 516 people who smoked in public vehicles during the OPS Balik Kampong recently.

  The smokers were compounded a minimum of RM250 for  smoking inside buses, taxis, trains, commuters, LRT, ferries,  passenger boats, rented cars, or at public transportation  stops.
  Compounds were also issued to six public vehicle owners  who failed to show the ‘No Smoking’ sign inside their  vehicles, or those whose signs did not meet the required  specifications.  
  The total value of compounds that were made during the  operation amounted to RM130,500.  
  Ministry of Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr. Hasan  Abdul Rahman said those who failed to pay the compound  within the given time frame will be charged in court.
  He said those who were found guilty will have to pay the  penalty of not more than RM10,000, or imprisonment of not  more than two years.
  “The Ministry of Health will continue implementing the  Control of Tobacco Products 2004 regulations periodically in  efforts protect the society from second-hand smoke,” Dr.  Hasan said.
  He also advised those who wish to quit smoking to seek help  from health clinics or government hospitals.
  “I hope Malaysians will move together towards a smoke- free nation,” he said.
  During the five-day operation of OPS Balik Kampong, a  total of 1,641 public vehicles and 335 public transportation  stops across the country were examined.

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